FortiFlora by Purina is what I consider to be the best probiotic for dogs. Since its release in the late 2000s, or at least when it was introduced to the vet I worked at, it’s been one of the most prescribed, to date, by veterinarians everywhere to help dogs better recover after health issues involving the GI tract.
My Experience with FortiFlora in Parvo Patients
I was first introduced to FortiFlora by representatives from Purina. As always, they usually offer a nice lunch, talk about their product to try and convince the vets in charge to buy some of it, and that day, they decided to go ahead and give it a go, and they didn’t regret it. Before that, I don’t really remember there being a probiotic product specific for dogs. If anything, some vets might’ve prescribed off-label human products when they thought it was necessary, but it wasn’t often that that happened.
So, after the clinic became familiar with the product, the vets started using it by prescribing it for puppies who had survived parvovirus to aid them in their recovery. They usually went home on a bland diet of rice and boiled chicken with a bit of FortiFlora powder sprinkled onto their food at mealtime.
Just a couple of months ago, I had a friend whose puppy was diagnosed with parvo, and he asked me for some guidance with the meds that had been prescribed, and guess what, FortiFlora was one of the things on there. After the puppy survived, thank goodness, and started eating, they started giving it and it really helped harden the stools almost immediately, which was a clear sign that it was helping to heal his gastrointestinal tract.
Other Reasons it is the Best Probiotic for Dogs
Through the years, FortiFlora became the best probiotics for dogs in the veterinary field, and it has since been found to be helpful in many other situations. One of these is antibiotic use. There are some antibiotics that cause diarrhea and general upset of the stomach, and probiotics are really useful in these cases.
Long-term use of antibiotics can also eliminate the good bacteria in the stomach and GI tract, causing diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite. Probiotics restore those good bacteria that your dog’s body needs in order to have a good balance of intestinal flora. Other situations FortiFlora is beneficial for include; when switching to a different food, which can sometimes cause loose stools, for bloat/excess gas, and to boost the immune system in weakened or stressed dogs.
How is it used?
One of the great things about FortiFlora is that it only has to be given once a day, sprinkled on top of your dog’s food or even mixed into it, if you’re afraid that they’ll smell or taste it (especially for those with picky eaters like Chihuahuas ;). How often it is used depends on the condition it is being used for.
To help with GI issues caused by antibiotics, for example, the company recommends using it daily during and up to seven days after you’re through with the course of antibiotics, and it should be given three hours before or after the antibiotics are administered. They have clear indications for each situation, but you should always consult with your vet and follow their instructions on best use.
Is it safe and do dogs like the taste?
Another reason I think FortiFlora is the best probiotic for dogs is because it’s quite safe (have never personally heard of any adverse reactions, allergies, or other issues) and it really doesn’t have a taste. Like most of us pet owners, clients are almost always nervous about whether or not their dog will eat it, and so they’re surprised to find out that they don’t even seem to notice that there’s anything different about their food, which is great for everybody. Beats having to stuff a pill down their throat any day!
So, why is FortiFlora the best probiotic for dogs? Here’s a quick summary. It helps improve symptoms caused by several different situations involving the GI tract, it has proven to be useful by vets and pet owners for over a decade now, it is tasteless, easy to administer with food just once a day, and it is completely safe.
For those of you wondering, yes, there are human probiotics available that can very well be used for dogs, but you really have to do your research on which ones are safe, if there are any harmful/toxic ingredients in them besides the probiotics that might be dangerous for your pet, and then you have to figure out the right dose for your dog according to size, mg, etc. Personally, I find it easier to just use something like FortiFlora that has specifically been developed and approved for dogs.
Best wishes to you and your critters!